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12 hot reasons to watch the Winter Olympics

12 hot reasons to watch the Winter Olympics

SWEET SKATING: Ashley Wagner, the 21-year-old Team USA figure skater, became the "most re-watched" moment of the Sochi Games so far. Photo: Associated Press

Just some of the members of America’s 2014 Olympic team that will make you want to shout “U.S.A.!” over and over again.

Kaitlyn Farrington – Halfpipe
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Kaitlyn Farrington is making her first Olympic appearance and is the first women’s rider to perform a backside 900.


Bobby Brown – Slopestyle
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Bobby Brown is making his first Olympic appearance. The 22-year-old athlete won’t start skiing without first tapping his skis three times, then his helmet, and finally a piece of wood.


Erin Hamlin – Luge
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Erin Hamlin competes in her third Olympic Games this year. The Ramsen, New York native has an ice cream sundae named after her.


Shaun White – Snowboarding
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Shaun White is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who also plays lead guitar in his band, Bad Things.


Madison Chock – Ice Dancing
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21-year-old Madison Chock is competing in her first Olympic Games and has designed the costumes for herself and parter Evan Bates.


Shani Davis – Speed Skating
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A two-time Gold medalist, Shani Davis heads to his third Winter Games.


Katie Uhlaender – Skeleton
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Katie Uhlaender is making her third trip the Olympics. When she’s not competing, she likes working on her family’s cattle ranch in Kansas.


Bode Miller
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Bode Miller will become the first American skier to compete at five Olympic Games.


Lolo Jones – Bobsled
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Lolo Jones, also a World Champion track hurdler, joined the U.S. bobsled team to compete in the Winter Games.


Steve Langton – Bobsled
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Steve Langton is competing in his second Olympic Games and enjoys making YouTube videos with fellow Olympians.


Mikaela Shiffrin – Alpine Skiing
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Mikaela Shiffrin, who began skiing in her driveway at 3, will make her Olympic debut.

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